1 Oct 2017

Cat Ruka and a fiery dance collective called Coven

From Standing Room Only, 12:50 pm on 1 October 2017
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Cat Ruka

Cat Ruka Photo: Amy King

For 14 years the Tempo Dance Festival in Auckland has reflected the New Zealand dance scene, bringing together emerging and mid-career dancers in every conceivable dance genre. Choreographer and teacher Cat Ruka has a long association with Tempo, first as a dancer performing headline-grabbing political works.

Now she's mentoring the dance collective Coven which is putting on a show called Inferno, blending Dante's "circles of fire" with Pacific stories around fire. Cat talks to Lynn Freeman about her own experiences performing at Tempo and that first solo show.